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Otc Stye Medication
I can feel the beginnings of a hordeolum on my lower left eyelid. Is there any OTC medication for treating it?
Warm soaks: Hot compresses for 5-10 minutes, 3times a day will help treat. There are otc lid scrubs that will help clear the lashes of excess oils and lid debris that can block the oil glands. Antibiotics eye drops are not available without a prescription so an exam by an ophthalmologist is needed. ...Read more
Stye: If this occurred rather suddenly, it probably is a stye, which is a blocked oil gland of the eyelid. It can become secondarily infected and can spread to adjacent tissues leading to cellulitis. Most of these styes respond to very warm compresses 3-4 times/day for 10' followed by gentle massage with a washcloth containing a small amount of baby shampoo. After a week, the stye should nearly resolve ...Read more
Contacts and meds: I discourage wearing contact lenses while using ocular medications. You may wear your glasses until the treatment has been completed. The medication can coat and damage the contact lenses, there may be increased risk of corneal infection with an active lid infection, which would be another reason to discontinue contact lens wear. ...Read more
Is there an over the counter medication for a stubborn stye. Had this for many months now without much change. If not what doctor should I see?
I have had a stye since Halloween and I have gone to the doctors twice and got gel medication and eye drops and neither worked?
Needs drainage: Most primary care doctors don't drain styes (I do if they can be drained easily). Usually an eye doc can take care of them (but they make you wait 3 weeks total time in most cases). If the stye comes back or worsens it could be something else more dangerous, or just a stye again. Best of luck ...Read more
R OTC eyedrops for eyelid stye/cyst helpful, what r home remedies? What is the difference between a stye & cyst; Spread 2 other eye/contactLens/makeup?
Many questions here: Externally applied medication does not affect styes. Generous application of heated cloths is the best remedy. A stye is an infected lid gland. If the body's battle to get rid of the stye is only partially effect, it may surround the stye with a cyst wall termed a chalazion. Styes are not infectious and not related to contact lens wear. ...Read more
Warm compresses: A "stye, " a.K.A. Hordeolum, is a plugged oil gland in the eyelid, sort of like a pimple. Most of the time, it can be effectively treated with warm compresses. These loosen the oils and allow them to be expressed from the lid. If persistent, a hordeolum can become a chalazion, which often needs either a steroid injection or surgical excision. See an ophthalmologist to be sure. ...Read more
I suppose: The relief of the built-up pressure in the style, once drained, feels better & less pressure. Like a pimple on one's face, when popped, do you really hear it pop? I don't think so. As with sties, the only noise that I usually hear are those of pain, but not from the "popping" of the sty itself. ...Read more
Minimally: A stye is a layman's word for chalazion, which as an ophthalmologist, is very commonly seen and treated on a daily basis. An injection of local anesthesia is administered, which is minimally uncomfortable (similar to what a dentist would use). Once the numbing has taken place, there should be zero discomfort during the brief procedure. ...Read more
Stye: Apply warm compresses to affected eye to bring stye to a head (it's similar to a pimple, only on the eyelid margin) so it will open & drain. Do not squeeze it. Use fresh compress each time. If child rubs eye, wash hands frequently. If not improved, see fp for exam & possible rx for eye antibiotic. Occasionally resistant ones have to be opened by doc to remove contents. ...Read more
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